Mine was in warranty still, fortunately. There is very noticeable rust around the rear wheel wells. In shop 2 days total. Removed rust, greased splines and reinstalled. I also happen to think the style is pretty darn hot, don't change a thing!! Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking available from 2014.
Jan 200970968 km Auto transmission would shift very harshly into second gear, especially when cold. Overall I would say that it is a very reliable brand and not as appreciated as it should be. Wife had a 1996 Mazda Protege' with almost 200,000 miles when a Jeep ran a stop sign and totaled her car. Dealer could not or did not want to hear it. Newer models probably have been improved. You can't beat the vakue and styling unkess you compare to Volkswagen then you have reliability issues as with all German cars.
The question isn't about if its reliable or not, it's what needs to be maintained and replaced at that point. The Mazda3s is more powerful and better equipped. I'm short, so the telescoping steering wheel was a nice feature. Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada Jan 2007 - Mar 2010 Mar 200742016 km Door handle was loose. One well-placed hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico and the damage done to oil refineries has changed all that. Had to have the front passenger window fixed got loose. Mechanic had to remove right side half-shaft, remove rust on spline, grease and reinstall half-shaft.
Fixed by retighting factory bolt. I've never driven a better tuned front wheel drive car of any price; willing to rotate through corners, has lift off oversteer and is very stable in high speed corners. Scheduled for re-repair Monday August 10th. Still hard shift when engine cold, down shifting was corrected no vibration. Owned since new and the handling and reliability have been outstanding.
Rear driver's side door latch was loose, but repaired for free. Plus developed rust on inside door panels due to improper factory clean;Mazda has a lot of problems with rust in this model 2005 4dr Hatch 119 kilowatts 2. Mazda Mazda3 in Ontario, Canada Feb 2006 - Jun 2010 Mar 200840000 km Hard early morning shifting and vibration when down shifting from 4th to 3rd in manual mode. One day I'll be upgrading to another 3. When I got the bill, it just stated that they sprayed a foam insulator around transmision case. The filter canister is plastic so be careful and use right tool.
Side air bags available from 2000. Removed it and did not replace. Tested vehicle specifications Tested vehicle 2005 Mazda 3 i 4-door Weight 2,799 lbs. Going from a 1996 Honda Accord with a 4cyl engine, to a zippy V6 is a nice transition. Took three trips to successfully diagnose.
Thermostat was replaced as it was sticking. Yes Review Date: 13th June, 2007 Perhaps it wasn't the dealers fault. Replacement glove box came in and installed Diagnose clunk heard in front end when first moving after shifting from Park to Reverse. Clutch manual maitenance and struts hit a bad pothole are the only major non upgrade expenses! Noise is obvious to me. Passenger side rear shock was leaking. Tire wear even with regular tire rotation was catastrophic.
I replaced the front brakes at 70000 miles because I became concerned with safety when they became 10 years old. So lots of things can really start to fail due to wear and tear. Had to be drilled out and filled and plastic replaced. Why settle for a bland, old looking car if you can get one of this and pay just the same. I don't know if Mazda has a history of this, but unfortunately it has ruined my perception of the company as a whole, especially how the company dealt with the issue, and I will never consider buying one for myself. Lineup The four-door sedan is available with a choice of 2.
Brake line was leaking and it took 3 days to get the part. In equal time and distance the Corrola had given me some light headache though. Replaced entire shifter with a second hand unit. Will pursue at a later time. Decided to replace both front bolts. I think the paint is quite thin. Leaked fluid all over wheel well and onto driveway.
The same year I slid into the back tires of a snow plow. Mazda generally has a reputation for average reliability. Living in Minnesota, it gets through the snow well, except when going up a steep hill with a manual trans. Rear passenger door also was repainted for same reason. Side airbags none Wheelbase 104 in.